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Representatives of the Sarayaku people (Ecuador), Dejusticia (Colombia), and Fundación Pachamama (Ecuador) , with the support of ESCR-Net, came together at meetings organized by the Enxet-Sanapaná people together with Tierraviva (Paraguay) on September 26-27.  The discussions focused on enforcing decisions by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR).

Over ten thousand Ogonis including MOSOP activists marched on Bori, the Ogoni ancestral capital to commemorate the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples  and protest the failure of the Nigerian Government to implement the UNEP environmental assessment report on Ogoni two years after its official release. 

In 2010, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights issued unprecedented recommendations on the Endorois case, including restitution of their ancestral land, compensation for all the loss suffered, and royalties for existing economic activities on their land...

ProDESC (Proyecto de Derechos Económicos, Sociales y Culturales), and their partners, the Ejido La Platosa and the union of mineworkers Los Mineros, have achieved a significant victory with the recent recent decision by the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) to divest its entire holdings in Excellon Resources Inc.

On July 3, 2013, ESCR-Net and the International Human Rights Clinic of New York University's School of Law sent a letter to the Cheif Minister of Odisha, India, calling for the suspension of the POSCO-India project unless and until human rights are respected and upheld.

 

On April 17-19, 2013, ESCR-Net and the Center for Human Rights and Development brought together lawyers, experts, and community leaders from Mongolia to enhance knowledge about the Optional Protocol to the ICESCR; build networks of solidarity and support among lawyers and activists and support Mongolian organizations to identify potential cases that could be advanced under the OP-ICESCR.

The Sawhoyamaxa Community has historically lived in the Paraguayan Chaco. In 1991, the Community started a domestic claim to regain its lands after being forced to leave them. On May 15th, 2001, ESCR-Net Member, Tierraviva, submitted a petition to the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights. The Commission referred the case to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights on February 3rd, 2005.

The working paper,  “Seeding Hope? Land in the International Human Rights Agenda: Challenges and Prospects” builds on the work of many members to promote a stronger international recognition of human rights issues related to land, and to elevate the perspectives and demands of social movements in human rights advocacy relating to issues of land and territory..

Developed thanks to the collective work of ESCR-Net Members

On January 25, 2013, ESCR-Net sent an urgent appeal to the Government of India, the POSCO corporation and the Government of Korea to express serious converns about plans by the Indian authorities to proceed with the forced eviction in Jagatsinghpur District, Odisha to facilitate the construction of the POSCO steel plant, as well as imminent threats against human rights defenders in the area who have mobilized to protect their lands.

In November 2012, members of the Adjudication Working Group at ESCR-Net —including the Centre for Minority Rights Development (Kenya), Minority Rights Group (UK), Socio-Economic Rights Institute (South Africa), and Norwegian Center for Human Rights (Norway)—facilitated a strategic meeting with leaders of the Endorois community in Kenya, focused on advancing full implementation of the unprecedented recommendations issued by the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights regarding evictions in the Endorois case.